Road Today - - Cyber Safety -

We’ve all got­ten at least one — an email of­fer­ing an amaz­ing deal or say­ing that you’ve won a con­test. It’s usu­ally pretty easy to spot an ob­vi­ous “too good to be true” op­por­tu­nity, but not all phish­ing emails are an easy catch. Cy­ber crim­i­nals keep get­ting bet­ter at mak­ing scams or phish­ing emails look le­git­i­mate.

Get­cy­ber­ in­forms Cana­di­ans about in­ter­net se­cu­rity and the sim­ple steps they can take to pro­tect them­selves on­line. De­ter­mine if that far­away prince is telling the truth with these four signs it says point to a fraud:

1. Be­ware of links from sus­pi­cious or un­known email ad­dresses.

Hover your mouse over the link with­out click­ing and look to see if the small yel­low pop-up box matches the listed hy­per­link. If it doesn’t, don’t click on it. 2. Check the spell­ing and gram­mar. Le­git­i­mate com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions are much less likely to make spell­ing er­rors. 3. Be sus­pi­cious of threats. The email may threaten to close your ac­count if you don’t re­spond right away or click on a cer­tain link. Gen­uine on­line com­pa­nies and web­sites don’t op­er­ate in this man­ner, and you can al­ways call them to check. 4. Watch out for of­fers that are “con­fi­den­tial” or “time-sen­si­tive.” Al­ways give your­self time to prop­erly re­search the deal.

If you re­ceive an email that seems sus­pi­cious for any of these rea­sons, sim­ply delete it. If you’re get­ting them in a work email ad­dress it might be a good idea to re­port them to your IT ser­vices — don’t for­ward the email, just let them know that you re­ceived it. Re­mem­ber to al­ways think be­fore you click.

Find more in­for­ma­tion on­line at Get­cy­ber­ (NC)

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